Vaughn Ambrose Saxophonist and Educator


Vaughn is a native of North Carolina and earned his BM in Music education and MM in Jazz studies at East Carolina University under the tutelage of his mentor, Carroll V Dashiell as well as artist and distinguished professor, Bob Mintzer. Vaughn returns to campus often as an invited lecturer and performer. He has also been a featured conductor for the North Carolina Regional Honors jazz ensemble. In 2010 he toured North Carolina with the John Brown Jazz Orchestra in conjunction with the North Carolina arts Council “cARTwheels: Arts on the Move” program.

Mr. Ambrose is the Director of Bands and Music Department Chair at Francis C Hammond Middle School in Alexandria VA.  As a highly sought after educator he is also an adjunct teacher at Episcopal high school. Additionally, in the summer months, Vaughn is the Music director of the Arthur C. Dawkins Summer Jazz Workshop where he coaches and nurtures young and aspiring jazz musicians. Thanks to his unwavering dedication to the development of young artists, in 2005 Mr. Ambrose developed the District X all District Honors Jazz band weekend, a program that has continued to thrive since inception. In recognition of his contributions to music education, he has been the recipient of numerous teaching honors.  

Teaching Honors:

Northern Virginia Educational Leadership Award

Veterans of Foreign Wars National Citizenship Education Teacher Post Recognition Award

Yale University Teaching Award

Alexandria Education Partnership Excellence in Education Teacher Award

Alexandria City Alex Award for Outstanding Contribution to Arts Education


Vaughn Ambrose is an Educational visionary, a true jazz artist, a natural and phenomenal performer.

“A legend in the making.”

Jazz saxophonist and T.C. Williams music teacher Vaughn Ambrose performed with his trio to standing room only crowds at the Athenaeum during the First Night celebration.

Jeanne Theismann, Alexandria Gazette Packet